February 15 is not the deadline for Aadhaar-linked domestic gas supply, the state the government announced here on Wednesday and appealed to the people not to be panic. As there was a public uproar over the issue and a heavy rush for Aadhaar cards, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held an emergency meeting with officials at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
According to officials, out of the total population of 8.5 crore in the state, 6.5 crore had been enrolled and 5.3 crore Aadhaar cards generated so far.
After the meeting, the chief minister said the people who had already enrolled for Aadhaar cards and did not yet receive or lost their cards, need not go to the enrolment centres again. Moreover, the system will not accept and register their names the second time, he said.
The chief minister directed the officials to start issuing duplicates to those who have lost their cards from the 60 Mee Seva centres in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts in a week’s time. The chief minister also instructed the officials to open another 300 Aadhaar centres in the two districts.
Kiran Kumar Reddy clarified that the present system will continue for the supply of subsidised gas cylinders till all the people got Aadhaar cards in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy, and the other three pilot districts of Anantapur, Chittoor and East Godavari. He also directed that Aadhaar enrolment should be completed in the next four to five months time all over the state.